Volunteering in India – iSpiice (Integrated Social Programs in Indian Child Education)
iSpiice – Integrated Social Programs in Indian Child Education is set up to improve the lives of Indian families especially women and children in rural villages of North India in Dharamsala. iSpiice is a humanitarian organization supported by volunteers across the world that builds partnerships between international volunteers and Indian communities. iSpiice provides safe and affordable travel and volunteer programs in India. Given the beauty, serenity and spiritual atmosphere of the area, His Holiness the Dalai Lama holds residency in Dharamsala. Our volunteers also appreciate the peacefulness of our location for their volunteer in India Placement.
You can join for 2 weeks up to 12 weeks all year round and we have places all throughout 2014 and 2015 available. Individuals, groups and students all welcome. Our program covers everything you need during your placement. (Cost of food, all transportation, lodging in shared volunteer house, cultural activities including henna, yoga classes from local instructor, Indian cooking classes, airport pickup from Delhi International airport, programme materials,visit to the local tourist sights – India’s oldest fort, Masroor Stone Temple, Norbulinga Buddhist Monastery and Kangra Tea Gardens,Internet, Certificate of volunteer service, training and more from USD 400).Volunteers work for around 5 hours per day Monday – Friday. You will therefore have plenty of time to explore the local area, with many sights to visit and free activities to take part in for example; Indian cooking lessons, Henna painting, Hindi language lessons and more. Also there are several other activities and travel tours which volunteers can join including; a 2 day tour of the Taj Mahal, a two day guided Himalayan Trekking tour, a two day adventure tour in Manali and a two day tour of Punjab state visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Wagha border ceremony and the jallianwala Bagh gardens.
Before you decide to volunteer with iSpiice, we strongly suggest you to download our volunteer information booklet, providing an overview of all the details you need. Visit volunteer programs, add on tours, testimonials and accommodation and location then book your volunteer Placement with iSpiice.
iSpiice offer the opportunity to make a real difference while you travel, to give back to the global community and enjoy a meaningful travel experience. Volunteer’s are invited to work on independent projects in north India which are carefully selected to make sure volunteer’s get a quality experience. iSpiice have formed partnerships with already established institutions who are the real experts when it comes to defining the local community’s needs and by offering our assistance, shared goals are met with greater success. iSpiice are a unique combination of a quality volunteering experience, cultural immersion and excursions. We warmly welcome anyone with the heart to help and in turn we can help you realize your volunteer goals. Volunteer’s enjoy the hospitality and security of the iSpiice volunteer house throughout their stay.
More than 72% of India’s population resides in country villages where poverty, gender inequalities and lack of education remain constant barriers for development. Varun Verma founded iSpiice in 2008 when he returned to the villages where he was raised to find little forward development in more than a decade. Disheartened by India’s progress in rural areas and inspired by his years of working in the slums of Mumbai, Delhi and Goa he developed specific community programs to assist the villages in North India.
Five years on iSpiice’s holistic approach has allowed hundreds of international volunteers to make a genuine difference to locals via sustainable community programs whilst volunteering in India.
From taking English classes and computer classes to working in the slums and sponsoring children to go to school iSpiice and volunteers have provided compassion, opportunities and support to the undeveloped communities.